Israel trying to 'flood' Gaza with aid

 


Israel's military is intensifying efforts to provide aid to Gaza as international pressure mounts to address the humanitarian crisis in the region.


Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari announced that Israel would facilitate additional aid convoys, following the opening of a new land route to deliver food to northern Gaza.


The United Nations has sounded the alarm about the risk of famine in Gaza, which has been under Israeli attack since the conflict with Hamas began in October.


The European Union has accused Israel of using starvation as a weapon of war in Gaza, with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stating that land routes have been deliberately closed to prevent aid delivery.


According to the UN, ongoing fighting, Israeli bombardment, and frequent border closures have hindered safe and efficient aid operations in Gaza.


Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Rear Admiral Hagari indicated that more routes could be opened to provide humanitarian aid. He emphasized the IDF's commitment to flood the area with aid, with recent deliveries including six trucks of food entering through the 96th gate in the Gaza border fence.


Rear Admiral Hagari pledged that more aid convoys would follow, along with deliveries via other entry points, air drops, and sea deliveries. He emphasized the need to ensure fair and efficient distribution of aid and stressed that deliveries would vary to prevent aid from falling into the hands of Hamas.


Meanwhile, the UN has been utilizing new routes from Israel to reach northern Gaza, while also reporting incidents of Israeli forces targeting aid centers in Gaza.


Efforts have also been underway to deliver aid by air and sea, including the upcoming arrival of a Spanish ship carrying 200 tonnes of food supplies in Gaza. Additionally, the US military is planning to construct a temporary pier to enable the distribution of up to two million meals per day.


Despite these efforts, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has emphasized that land routes remain crucial for aid delivery. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue military operations in Gaza.


With ceasefire negotiations ongoing, the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire, highlighting the urgent need for sustained international intervention and support.

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